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Local farmer supports Logan County through America’s Farmers Grow Communities (picture included)

Local farmer, Robert Ackley, distributed two $2,500 donations, which he won through the Monsanto Fund, to a pair of local non-profits recently.

The Benjamin Logan FFA and Logan County Agricultural Society will now be better equipped to serve the community, thanks to the support of Ackley and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.

Logan County was declared a disaster area by the USDA due to drought, giving Ackley the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. He selected the Benjamin Logan FFA and Logan County Agricultural Society.

The FFA will be building picnic tables for the Benjamin Logan School District and local parks to use at their facilities. In addition, the second part of the Monsanto donation will allow the FFA to purchase a hog feeder that will allow the students to continue a project they had previously worked on that involved processing the hog and distributing it to local food pantries.  

The Agricultural Society will purchase banners for each 4-H Club and FFA Chapter that participates in the Logan County Fair. The banners will be displayed in the show arena for all fair visitors to see, which will promote the involvement of young individuals in agricultural programs.

“I think the FFA does a wonderful job,” said Ackley. “Plus, I enjoy giving back to agricultural programs.”  

Pictured, from L-R: Kristy Ackley (Ackley Family Representative), Tyler Myers (Benjamin Logan FFA President), Troy Selhorst (Benjamin Logan FFA Treasurer), Jay Brooks (Monsanto Representative)

Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. To further support counties declared natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.

This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest nearly $6 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which includes double donations for counties impacted by the historic drought.

In Ohio, $160,000 is being given across 64 counties.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to partner with farmers in helping them positively impact their communities. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund’s overall effort to strengthen rural America.

For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit growcommunities.com.

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